Dramatic developments across Europe’s east are testing fundamental assumptions that have guided Western policies for the past quarter century. Can eastern European societies become more democratic and secure and integrate into the European mainstream? Or are they destined to become failed, fractured lands of grey, mired in the stagnation and turbulence historically associated with Europe’s borderlands? What do east Europeans expect from the West? What do they expect from Russia? What should they expect from themselves?

In this book, leading east European experts offer their perspectives on their perspectives on the challenges facing their countries and the region as a whole, including their views on the respective roles of the West and Russia.

This book is part of a continuing cooperative project exploring Russsian-European-American relations together with the German Council on Foreign Relations DGAP and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Read Judy Dempsey’s review for Carnegie Europe here.

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Introduction: Eastern Voices: Is the West Listening?

Chapter 1: The rise of Threatened Majorities

Chapter 2: What Ukraine Should Demand of Itself and of the West

Chapter 3: The Preconditions for, and the Nature of, Current Ukrainian Reforms

Chapter 4: Ukraine’s Foreign Policy and the Role of the West

Chapter 5: Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Aspirations: Between Protracted and the Role of the West Integration and Managing Expectations

Chapter 6: Whither the South Caucasus?

Chapter 7: Stepping up the EU’s Engagement in the Conflicts of the Caucasus

Chapter 8: Azerbaijan’s Foreign Policy: What Role for the West in the South Caucasus?

Chapter 9: Transparency and Rule of Law as Key Priorities for Armenia

Chapter 10: Moldova: What It Should Expect from the West and What It Should Expect From Itself

Chapter 11: Belarus-West Relations: The New Normal

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